Student Uses Graffiti To Beautify Neighborhood

Posted at 7:05 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 20:30:06-05

A Tennessee State University student has used graffiti art to beautify his North Nashville neighborhood. 

Jay Jenkins graduates from TSU in May. He is hoping to broaden his initiative by painting more walls and bridges in the area.

A property owner recently gave him permission to spray paint the side of his building at the intersection of 12th Ave N. and Buchanan Street. 

Jenkins said, "I really want to have more wall and basically more images going through North Nashville."

With a make-shift canvas made of cardboard, Jenkins is using an extra room in his grandma's house to paint murals.

Jenkins said,  "This neighborhood needs stuff like this. I know there's a lot of negativity and bad things you might hear about in North Nashville. I'm doing my part by being an artist and basically just beautify."

The initiative is called the North Wall Fest. In September Jenkins got a group of artists together to paint under a bridge.

He was given a $4,000 grant for his last project and he's trying to raise funds so he can continue his initiative. 

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